Fears of drown­ing at Rock­ing the Daisies

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - CARYN DOLLEY

PO­LICE divers spent most of yes­ter­day search­ing a farm dam at the Rock­ing the Daisies mu­sic fes­ti­val in Dar­ling for the body of a young worker who was be­lieved to have drowned.

The search was sus­pended when it got too dark, but the dam re­mained cor­doned off last night as party-go­ers en­joyed the fes­tiv­i­ties only about 20m away.

The miss­ing man, be­lieved to be 21 and from Zim­babwe, was ap­par­ently work­ing at the fes­ti­val. Col­leagues said he’d asked his boss if he could get a boere­wors roll and take a swim in the dam.

They never saw him again, prompt­ing the search.

“Po­lice are search­ing for the man who has pos­si­bly drowned,” po­lice spokesman Lieu­tenant-Colonel An­dre Traut said.

“The iden­tity of the man can­not be re­leased at this stage,” he added. It is un­der­stood the man was last seen yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Dar­ryn Lee, speak­ing on be­half of the Rock­ing the Daisies fes­ti­val, said late yes­ter­day the drown­ing could not be con­firmed.

“At the mo­ment the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is still go­ing on. It’s still un­con­firmed,” he said.

Lee said the dam re­mained cor­doned off and he was un­sure when or whether it would be re­opened.

Asked if the in­ci­dent had put a damper on the fes­ti­val, he said the news had not spread very far, although it was do­ing the rounds on so­cial me­dia.

“I don’t think a lot of fes­ti­val-go­ers know there’s an al­leged in­ci­dent,” Lee said.

But so­cial me­dia users re­acted with shock, with some re­fer­ring to the news as “aw­ful”.

Oth­ers, how­ever, did not ap­pear to be aware of it and ex­pressed their ex­cite­ment at be­ing there.

Rock­ing the Daisies started on Thurs­day and is set to end to­mor­row.

The fes­ti­val web­site hailed the event as the way to “of­fi­cially kick off the sum­mer sea­son”.

It said there were more than 250 acts and 11 stages.

“In­cor­po­rat­ing com­edy, art, film and a va­ri­ety of multi-faceted and multi- sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ences, fes­ti­val-go­ers can ex­pect an ac­tion-packed week­end of camp­ing, good times, mak­ing in­cred­i­ble mem­o­ries, the best in lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional en­ter­tain­ment, and more.”

Week­end Ar­gus could not as­cer­tain at the time of pub­li­ca­tion whether the search would re­sume to­day. caryn.dolley@inl.co.za


Po­lice divers search the farm dam at the Rock­ing the Daisies fes­ti­val in Dar­ling yes­ter­day, af­ter a young worker was feared to have drowned.

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